14 best antivirus Android apps and anti-malware Android apps

July 16, 2014

best antivirus Android
Antivirus Android apps have exploded over the last year. Despite Android’s mostly secure internal security, there are millions of people who just like having extra security around for those just-in-case scenarios. It also doesn’t hurt that many phones come packaged with antivirus Android apps and that many of those apps have other features aside from antivirus protection such as phone finding and phone security benefits. Here is our list of the best antivirus Android apps!


360 Mobile Security best antivirus android apps360 Security – Antivirus FREE

[Price: Free]

Why can't more antivirus apps be like this one.

PROS
  • Totally free with ad support.
  • Scans and deletes threats and keeps an eye out for others with features like privacy adviser.
  • Has functionality to clean devices from old files left behind by apps, corrupted files, and other trash that should be gone.
  • Built in data monitor for those who need that.
CONS
  • It could use some anti-theft features like some of these other apps.
8.0
First up is 360 Mobile Security. This full featured and free application does pretty much everything you’d expect in an antivirus Android app. It scans and removes threats, cleans your device, and some additional stuff like a privacy adviser and data monitor. It’s highly rated with a 4.5 rating in the Play Store.
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antivirus android mobile securityAnti-Virus

[Price: Free / $2.59/month / $119.90 for lifetime license]

Competent even if it's not well-known.

PROS
  • Lots of payment options and free is one of them.
  • Antivirus and anti-malware features include scanning, real time tracking, and removal.
  • Anti-theft such as locking the phone and remote location tracking.
  • The paid version apparently re-installed itself if it's deleted to protect against theives. That's a new one.
  • Network monitoring.
CONS
  • Most expensive license is $100 bucks. We don't imagine many people will like that.
  • Some paid features like call blocking are provided for free in other apps.
7.0
If nothing else can be said about this application, it’s can be said that they’re flexible with how much you pay. The free version comes with a lot of features including antivirus, anti-malware, and anti-theft services. You can pay for a subscription monthly, yearly, or a single lifetime license if you prefer.
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antivirus Android mobile security


antivirus Android trustgoAntivirus & Mobile Security

[Price: Free]

Free and simple the way it ought to be sometimes.

PROS
  • Includes your standard antivirus and anti-malware scanning features.
  • Secure web browsing features are included.
  • Data backup and device location services are also included.
  • Candid Camera Theif ID is pretty much what it sounds like. Take a picture of those theives!
CONS
  • You may have problems uninstalling this one because of the security features. It's doable but tedious.
8.0
TrustGo’s Antivirus & Mobile security is another totally free Android antivirus option that is worth a look. This one takes a more simplistic approach as it doesn’t offer too many extended features like other apps. You get antivirus and anti-malware protection as well as browsing protection and some other security features along with anti-theft and backup features.
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AVG antivirus androidAVG AntiVirus Security

[Price: Free / $3.99/month / $14.99/year]

Everybody has heard of AVG.

PROS
  • The free version comes with the basics like antivirus, anti-phishing, and anti-malware.
  • With over 100 million installs and a 4.4 rating, sometimes you can trust the public on what apps are good.
  • The paid version comes with a host of unique and advanced features like app backup, app locks, and SIM locking.
  • Anti-theft features are in both free and paid versions.
  • The list of features is too long for this pros list.
CONS
  • Most secure browsing features are locked to the stock Android browser that most people don't use.
  • This is not for people who dig simplicity. This is a security suite.
8.5
Next up is the venerable AVG AntiVirus app. It comes in two flavors and that’s Free and Pro. The free version has a fairly basic set of features while the paid version has most of the extended features. You can buy it in monthly or yearly subscriptions based on your needs. It’s another household name in the antivirus game and it’s a solid app even in its free form.
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Antivirus android security free by AVG


bitdefender antivirus androidBitdefender Antivirus Free

[Price: Free]

Simple is as simple does.

PROS
  • Very simple. Just install, run the scan, remove the crap, and the app sits and waits for more threats.
  • Antivirus, anti-malware, and anti-phishing.
  • Very light so it's great for older devices and that also means a shorter permissions list.
  • Free.
CONS
  • If you need more features and more protection, look elsewhere.
8.5
Even though Bitdefender has a full-featured antivirus app, we actually liked this one better. It’s wildly simple to use. Here’s how it works. You install it, scan for stuff, remove threats, and then it sits there and waits for bad stuff to try to come to you. That’s it. No ridiculous features and no nonsense. It’s also free.
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CM security antivirus androidCM Security

[Price: Free]

What more could you ask for?

PROS
  • Antivirus, anti-malware, and safe browsing features baked in.
  • Anti-theft functionality includes Google Maps integration, picture taking support, and scream mode.
  • Currently boasts a 100% detection rate.
  • Light on system resources makes it good for older devices.
CONS
  • It doesn't make you breakfast?
9.0
CM Security is a newer Android antivirus app that’s hit the market and so far it’s wildly popular and very highly rated. The app brings antivirus, anti-malware, and find-my-phone functionality in a totally free package that people seem to really enjoy. It has a lot of features and they’re generally ones you’d have to pay for in other apps.
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CM security screenshot antivirus android


dr web antivirus androidDr Web Anti-virus

[Price: Free / $75]

A good old fashioned antivirus app.

PROS
  • Free version includes antivirus, anti-malware, and device protection including a service that lets you know when something is accessing your device storage.
  • Paid version includes anti-theft, anti-spam, and cloud checker services.
  • Smaller virus definition updates for those on limited data plans.
  • Low system resources required makes it good for older devices.
CONS
  • $75 is a big expensive even if it is for a lifetime license.
  • If you're looking for advanced features, prepare to pay for them.
7.5
It’s one of the more expensive options on this list, but Dr Web antivirus doesn’t operate on a subscription service so that’s a big plus over the long haul. With the free version you get basic antivirus and anti-malware protection along with basic device protection. It’s definitely worth checking out. If you want anti-spam, anti-theft, and a cloud checker service, you’ll need the full version.
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Dr Web Antivirus android


McAfee Android antivirusMcAfee Free Antivirus & Security

[Price: Free / $2.99/month / $29.99/year]

A sound name and a sound app.

PROS
  • There are a lot of features and most of them are available for free.
  • App will literally lock down your phone if thieves attempt to uninstall it. Don't forget your PIN.
  • Anti-theft, antivirus, anti-malware, web surfing protection, call blocking, and app locking available.
CONS
  • We're not entirely sure why there's a paid version.
  • It's very clunky. If you need something slim then this is not it.
  • While the security is top notch, activating all that security is a pain in the rear end.
7.5
McAfee is another trusted name in the antivirus world although we’ve had reports that soon this will be changed to Intel Antivirus & Security so be sure to keep an eye out for that. They recently revamped their payment structure to where you get most of the app features for free including antivirus, privacy guarding, anti-theft, and device security for free. We liked that a lot. You can still pay for some extra features if you so choose using their subscription service.
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Kaspersky Android antivirusKaspersky Internet Security

[Price: Free / $19.95/year (license for two devices)]

A solid offering from a solid company.

PROS
  • Free version is pretty basic but offers the essential antivirus and security features.
  • Anti-theft features available in the free version. That's a win.
  • Paid version enables cloud protection and anti-phishing.
CONS
  • Real-time protection is a paid feature for some reason.
  • SMS bug in KitKat prevents the stock messaging app from receiving texts.
  • Poor performance on older or midrange devices.
  • You must create a Kaspersky account in order to even open the app the first time.
7.5
Kaspersky has made it to the Android platform and thus onto this list. They’re one of the most popular and trusted antivirus companies out there and that rings true on mobile as well. Like most it has a scaled down free app with a premium option available as a yearly subscription. The free version is pretty good and the premium features are also pretty good.
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Lookout best antivirus Android securityLookout

[Price: Free / $2.99/month / $29.99/year]

Comes pre-installed on many devices.

PROS
  • Antivirus, anti-malware, some anti-theft, and some backup capabilities in the free version.
  • Paid version gives you theft alerts, lock and wipe capabilities, privacy guards, and safe browsing.
  • Competitive pricing for the premium version.
  • Free version automatically saves device's last known location when the battery is low.
CONS
  • A lot of people don't like bloatware and thus don't like Lookout because it does come pre-installed on devices.
  • Alerts can be pretty annoying if you don't configure them to your needs.
  • Underwent a pricing change lately that put more of the free features on the paid verison.
7.0
A lot of people already know Lookout because it comes pre-installed on a lot of devices. If that’s the case, you can probably just keep it because it’s one of the best ones out there and you likely don’t need to replace it. It offers a plethora of features and most of them are included in the free version although you can get premium features if you want them.
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avast antivirus android securityAVAST Mobile Security & Antivirus

[Price: Free / $1.99/month / $14.99/year]

More security than you can shake a stick at.

PROS
  • Has more features in the paid version than some totally free apps on this list.
  • Undercuts its competition in terms of pricing by about 50% per year.
  • It put the pricing information in the Google Play Store description. I don't care what anyone says, that's a pro.
  • Has features for root users including firewall services.
CONS
  • Probably won't work well on older or low spec devices.
  • The real time protection is a tad overzealous sometimes.
9.0
Avast is another well-known antivirus company from PC and it’s Android offering is also above average in most areas including its pricing. While most places are looking for $30 or more per year, Avast charges about half that so if you don’t spending money and you don’t want to spend too much, this is a good option.
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Eset antivirus android securityEset Mobile Security & Antivirus

[Price: Free / $9.99/year / $14.99/2 years]

We'll give this one a nod. Get it?

PROS
  • Boasts a 99.7% detection rate.
  • Auto-scan new files as you download them.
  • Tablet interface which is something a surprisingly few number of these apps have.
  • Premium features include call/SMS blocking, advanced anti-theft features, and even a training course on mobile security.
CONS
  • The free version is extremely basic. You're either going all in with this one or you'll probably look for something else.
  • KitKat permissions issue prevents SMS blocking from working.
  • Automatic virus definition updates are premium only.
7.5
Eset is the maker of the popular Nod32 series of antivirus apps on desktop which are both highly rated and very popular. They have taken the opportunity to make their subscriptions per year only instead of per month and their prices are actually fairly decent. The free version is a little bottlenecked but the premium version is among the best out there.
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Mobile security antivirus android freeWolfguard Mobile Security Antivirus Free

[Price: Free]

Who doesn't like wolves?

PROS
  • Pretty basic feature set but includes antivirus, anti-malware, and anti-phishin protection.
  • Anti-theft features are included.
  • Has a couple of unique features like the ability to scan links in text messages for malicious intent.
  • Free, ad supported.
CONS
  • Developers haven't updated since September of 2013 which isn't a good sign.
  • It says there's a Pro version but we couldn't find it anywhere.
7.0
Wolfguard Mobile Security Antivirus is the last fully free antivirus on our list. It features a relatively short list of features but its simplicity is also probably one of its strengths. It’s ad supported which may annoy some but developers have to make money somehow right? If you need something with some advanced features that aren’t that bloated then this is a good option.
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mobile security antivirus android free


Norton antivirus android securityNorton Security & Antivirus

[Price: Free / $29.99/year]

You all know Norton.

PROS
  • Plenty of advanced features like app locking, privacy guard, anti-theft, and antivirus.
  • Has some other unique features like contact syncing and a central website to manage all devices.
  • Free version at least lets you scan and remove threats to your system.
CONS
  • Free version is severely limited. You're either buying this app or you're using something else.
  • Uninistalling the full version takes some effort and is tedious.
6.5
Last and certainly not least is Norton Security & Antivirus. One of the heaviest hitters in the PC antivirus game, Norton is also quite popular and respected on Android. They have a free option as well as a $29.99/year option depending on what you need. It’s a big name and it’s not bad although the free app is rather bottlenecked.
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Antivirus Wrap-up

Antivirus apps are truly one of the most controversial genres in all of Android. With all the stock protection, getting malware is all but impossible so many pundits will say that you don’t even need one of these. Even though that is true, there are people who feel safer with third party protection and don’t mind paying for it. Really, it’s a toss up. If there’s a great antivirus Android app that we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments!

Editor’s Note: Thanks to a change in how Google handles SMS permissions starting in Android 4.4, there isn’t a single antivirus or SMS blocking application that can block SMS/MMS on Android 4.4 KitKat. That’s actually a problem caused by Google and their implementation of Hangouts. However, many of these antivirus applications list SMS blocking as a paid feature knowing full well that it doesn’t work on KitKat and took absolutely no steps in warning their potential customers that this is the case. Thus, all antivirus apps that list call blocking as a paid feature and don’t mention that it doesn’t work on KitKat took a hit to their ratings. Those who list it as a free feature did not because it’s not a feature people are paying their hard earned money to use. It should also be noted that all antivirus apps that don’t list their subscription rates in their app description (where they belong) took a hit to their rating while antivirus apps that provided their price details in their app descriptions got an increase to their rating. Transparency matters.

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    $75 FOR AN APP THAT YOU REALLY DON’T EVEN NEED!? Even iOs users wouldn’t fall for that ;)

    • viaimages

      why do you think that?.. some ios users pay for a $220 snow globe app (search itunes.apple apps for “Water Globe, by Ubiquitous Muffin”)

      • MasterMuffin

        WTF and people have actually bought that!? One review just says “pretty good. A little laggy” ಠ_ಠ

        Buuut it’s forgivable, devs name is “muffin” ;D

        • Dario · 753 a.C. .

          how did you do that smile? do you use a particular keyboard app?

          • MasterMuffin

            Magic

          • Dario · 753 a.C. .

            anyway i saw people using iphone doing a lot of strange smiles expecially on instagram or facebook. dunno why swifkey doesn’t add something of that.

          • Darca

            they are called kawaii emoticons :)

          • Dario · 753 a.C. .

            thank you :)

          • Abdulrhman Yousef

            Swiftkey already added them

          • carolynrchilders

            my buddy’s sister makes $87 every hour on the internet
            . She has been unemployed for 6 months but last month her payment was $19402
            just working on the internet for a few hours. go right here C­a­s­h­f­i­g­.­C­O­M­

          • Wero
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      • Sachin
    • Draggoon

      haven’t needed it yet… but the market is RIPE. They day my Android gets hacked is the doomsday for me! DOOOOOOOOMMah!

  • James

    I have a question for you all…what about Kaspersky? That is what I’m using….is it not good, valuable or what is your opinion?

    • JosephHindy

      The idea behind these lists isn’t “if it’s not on here it sucks” there are a lot of other good ones, these are just the most popular and highest rated :)

      • Abril Luna

        So i realized.

  • Vicntc

    What about TrendMicro?

  • venorme

    If you download apps from Playstore only – there is no single chance you can get any kind of malware. And even if you side load them from your PC – most PC antiviruses(well not counting Drweb as antivirus here) scan them for all known malware (for android too).

    And since Linux system doesn`t allow to get any common viruses from simple browsing (downloading strange content is your choice) – Any antivirus app will just sit there slowing your system and eating battery.
    I suggest installing one like once in a month or 2. Run trial, scan system and delete it = profit

    • Uppy83

      Absolutely not true. You really should check your facts. The Play Store isn’t monitored like iTunes and while malicious apps may be rare they aren’t unheard of. Just try searching for BBM Android malware on Google!

      You really should check your facts before you accidentally spread misinformation.

      Although I do agree that the use of an antivirus is questionable, the anti-theft features alone are worth a few $.

      • venorme

        If you were following Google! You d know that since October 2012 Google play has built in malware scan for all app uploaded by developers. This scanner got 2 big updates and is really up to date now. Also there is loads of free anti thief solutions that are well known and didn’t load you’re system with antivirus(Prey is one of the most trusted for me). Also there is one from Google. And one for custom roms from cyanogen team.

        • Uppy83

          Then explain the bbm malware ;)

          • venorme

            If you read carefully article in the linked site – you install app from Google Play that has no malware and than app itself asks you if you want to download an app separatly and downloads it from private server as separate apk file not from Google play. Any app can link you to website – it`s up to you if you agree to sideload app from there.

          • Uppy83

            And? You still get the initial app from the play store. And there’s plenty of people dumb enough to download it.

          • venorme

            yes but app you get on Playstore isn`t malware – it has no malisious code – so no antivirus can detect it as malware. There is no way to detect scam unless people mention it.

          • Uppy83

            That’s a fair point. Unless people are stupid enough, and some are, to download the second apk. In which case they still get infected because of an app on the play store.

            Also, as I’m sure you know, the scanner only scans the app once. There’s nothing to stop assh*les injecting their malicious code as an update.

            I’m not arguing for antiviri.(antiviruses?). I agree that they’re virtually pointless right now.

            My point is that nothing is 100% safe and to say otherwise is incorrect.

      • venorme

        Also for link you have posted, this is not a malware, and antivirus won’t detect it like malware. It’s so called trust exploit. It has no malware code but used permission you have it on install.

        • Uppy83

          Good point!

      • hochiming

        The best protection: READ THE BLOODY COMMENT SECTION for user experience before you install. Better than any Anti-virus!!!

        • Mark My Wordz

          Really? This article proves otherwise. Zoner is one of the more popular anti-virus apps on the market with users which would reflect in their comments and yet it only scored 68% in the AV test. now, to me a 68 is failing. This was mentioned earlier, ironically, in the comments before yours. I’m guessing you didn’t read the comment section but just scanned a few and decided to comment on one.

          Also, most comments left will be from users without much user experience. You are going to trust a bunch of comments from new users, kids, teens, soccer moms, etc when most of you constantly are critical of the writers who work in the industry? Please explain how that makes sense? We have all looked at the reviews and comments on particular apps that have excellent reviews and comments from 10,0000 or more users and have thought “these people don’t know what the F*** they’re talking about. This app sucks! (Or something to that effect).

          Oh, by the way, a lot if the reviews and comments on apps are paid for. There are “users” who download the app, rate the app, write a comment, remove the app and get paid. It’s not much at all, but if you do enough of them it adds up.

      • jeff

        Playstore is monitered. U got your facts wrong. Plus with malwarebytes it also scans every store download and not even once has it detected any virus. Theres more junk on this website than and playstore app. !!!!!

    • Abril Luna

      Not all android devices get malware/virus from downloading. Your device could be infected also by your memory cards. Insertion of memory cards to infected devices/computers did that to my smartphone.

  • Robert Crosby

    McAfee is only 29.99 for mobile. I have it for PC, use to have Norton but McAfee pack more features and more affordable.

  • jeddo45

    Why do you need anti virus anyways? Don’t do anything stupid and you won’t need it.

    • D’Ander McSullivan

      But… but… I like doing stupid stuff :(

      • Abril Luna

        Wtf. Im still laughin my a*s out.

  • Uppy83

    No love for Lookout? Its anti-theft features are the best and the free version has more features than the paid versions of some of the apps featured in this article. (I’m looking at you Norton…)

    • Punit Saini

      yes u r right

    • BB BB

      Yeah what’s gives Norton over Lookout? geesh. Isn’t Lookout one of the first android anti-malware programs before everyone else joined the bandwagon treating android phones like a PC?

      • Steve Tysl

        YEs Lookout was one out t of the first anit virus apps to, and was the only one in the playstore.
        I never really liked LookOut because no mater what it always interfered with something, huge battery hog, couldn’t receive calls, people could barley hear me when I talked to them over the phone, never got text messages nor was I able to send

        took me awhile to figure out but once I uninstalled LookOut everything went back to normal.
        I use ESet mainly because I’ve had it on my computers and I think it is one of the best security suites next to AVG, and Kapsparskey.

    • Steve Tysl

      Ugh norton has been crap since it came out, not the best anti virus nor is McAfee… I downloaded It awhile ago on my phone and it detected itself as a virus lol

      • DW

        And I don’t know about the mobile version, but McAfee is a bitch to get completely out of your system. Or at least it used to be. They may have fixed that by now. It just attached itself too tightly to too many files.

        I’ll tell you what, I’ve used most of these at one time or another on phone, laptop or pc, and I have Avast and CM on my phone now. But until someone finds a way to mess it up, CM is the coolest security system I’ve ever dealt with.

  • John K

    Sure would like to see the specs on just how much of a resource hog each AV app is.

    John

  • ohwell

    If you want an AV that does what it should do and not one with ‘nice features’ you might want to ignore this list..

    #7, Zoner scored according to AV-LABS only 63.6%

    Compared with #8, who actually was one of the three who got MAX SCORE out of 30 AV’s tested by AV-LABS. This score was based on detection, performance and features.

    I’ll help you guys out: http://goo.gl/mpbxs2

    And a list of the actual best apps: http://www.av-test.org/en/tests/mobile-devices/android/jul-2013/

    I appriciate the work AA, but at least rate an AV based on protection rather than it’s nice UI / Google Play ratings.

    • K.

      It’s strange that some authors don’t even try to get enough information before posting an article. If you want to write about an antivirus, you must look at the AV-tests. AA lists Zoner who got a bad score as you said and Norton which has an impact on performance but they don’t talk about Comodo, Kingsoft or Kaspersky.

      • JosephHindy

        So what does that test say about device compatibility, customer satisfaction, resource usage, extra features, price, and availability? AV’s tests don’t measure those things. We do. All of these are capable and finding the big problems that people are most likely going to run into.

        • K.

          I understand that and it’s normal to include these into your review but you cannot include an antivirus that gets a low score at an AV-test (e.g. Zoner gets 68% which is way below the average 95.2%). For an antivirus, consumer opinion is less important that its score.

          By the way your pricing of Armor is wrong.

          • JosephHindy

            Armor lowered the price yesterday and I’ve change it to reflect that.

            The point I was trying to make was that Zoner made the list for far more than just its antivirus functions. It does a lot more that people could find more useful. Also, even at 68%, it still probably catches and blocks the most common and dangerous malware. Android can be infected, but let’s face it, you only get infected if you do something really off the wall (like downloading an app from an advertisement on a website that sells black market organs or something crazy like that). Most Android users will never find themselves in a situation where they’ll even come into contact with that other 32%. :) thank you for the comments!

          • B4Real

            I am new to smartphones but I thought antivirus was an important issue. When I started my research for the best AV I had no intention of getting other miscellaneous functions, There are countless other apps for that. Is AV pointless as would be this list and discussing it considering I have no plans of downloading an app from an advertisement on a website that sells black market organs or is it actually important. If I need AV I would want one that is free and the best at handling viruses, malware, and spyware with a popup blocker. Something that runs in the background and is easy on the battery and data usage. I am I asking for to much? What is the bottom line on a simple, highly effective AV and how necessary is it in the first ?

          • JosephHindy

            Truth be told, the miscellaneous functions are what people really want. If you follow the rules and don’t disable the stock Android security features, there’s pretty much no risk of anything bad happening to you.

    • iliketech

      Thanks for that info and site link

  • abazigal

    Antivirus on a mobile device?

    I think a little bit of me just died inside. :/

    • Kara

      Lol

  • VIVE TU ANDROID

    awesonme apps and notices in http://www.vivetuandroid.com/ , xD

  • Ashwin

    AVG and Lookout are better than all those mentioned above…

  • not a spark

    Armor antivirus is only 29.99 on the play store for me (Australia)

    • K.

      In the UK, it is at £19.62.

    • juan

      Only?. This is way too much for a phone antivirus.

  • Omran Terro

    Just download only from play store and forget about antivirus.

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      yeah, and don’t miss to use your brain when you read permission or reviews on playstore

      :) never got an AVP and never got a malware

      • Kara

        Which Permissions should someone avoid when choosing an App?

        • Dario · 753 a.C. .

          none. you only have to check them out, and try to understand why that app is asking that permission.
          for example if i saw that a calculator ask permission to read sms, to the dial, to gps etc etc i’ll be a bit perplexed. but for other app maybe that permissions can be necessary.

          for example i still dunno why facebook app ask permission to read SMS.. if it was an app to send SMS or for example hangouts it would be easily understandble. you got that?

        • myepicyear

          And in addition to what @Dario·753a.C..” said, always remember that most developers on Google Play are using those permissions for completely legitimate reasons. Don’t immediately be alarmed about permissions for accessing contacts, making phone calls, etc..
          If it’s a very mainstream app, (Like Pandora Radio) most of the time you can rest assured that they only want permissions for contacts to provide the typical social/sharing functions you’d expect; or if an app wants access to the phone dialer, it’s usually just there so you can call a number directly from an app, or something stimular.
          Every permission has a legitimate purpose. You just have to be aware that once in a while, permissions will be excessive. Always email the developer and ask them why before leaving a bad review. You can judge by the way they answer if they have something to hide. Stick to applications that are well known, (or come from well known development teams) and don’t ever be one of the first 1000 people to download an application from a completely unknown developer, with no traceable history. Wait until there are plenty of reviews to give it your trust. Other people will always get curious. You don’t need to be a lab rat. Let them have a crack at it first.
          If you stick with those very basic tips, you should never need an antivirus.

  • Jason

    I’m not sure what’s more depressing. That people think they need an AVP on an Android phone or that sites like androidauthority keep pushing this bull on folks. Makes me think they should remove the authority part of their website.

    • Ian Griffin

      If this is that bad for you then why do you come here and read these articles? Why take the time to write defamating remarks? I just dont get it. For me I agree that AVP is a waste of resources for me but if other ppl want it then thats their business. I didn’t pay for their phone and I dont have a right to tell them what they should or should not use. The publisher wrote a list of apps because the ppl asked them to. Not because the are trying to be THE Authority on others phones.

      Otherwise good comment.

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      ahahah i agree.. never understood people that has not root, don’t install external apk, don’t do anything with their smartphone but facebook and whatsapp and they wanna have an AVP.. why?? what do you expect about that? do you think you’re using windows XP?

      i wanna told what a friend of mine said. we were discussing about usefull of AVP and she said that if you don’t have an AVP on your android, you get a lot of malware and virus only surfing the web with the browser ahahahhaha… i was laughting at her too much.

      • Kara

        What is… apk?

        • Dario · 753 a.C. .

          apk is android app exstension. for example in windows it’s .exe, in android it’s .apk such as facebook.apk hangouts.apk etc etc. you got it?

          • Abril Luna

            nice explanation there man

          • Dario · 753 a.C. .

            :)

    • Bill

      Jason, once again you are a downer. Stop with your negativity towards all of these authors and sites. Either make a helpful comment on the topic or go away. Your personal attacks are a turnoff.

  • Bobby Voychin

    Avast is the best one guys! I tried them all :)

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      it’s the best one to do what? i don’t think that you need an antivirus on android if you don’t install cracked apk, so dunno how you can say that one is not good and another one is good.in my opinion on android the antiviruses do a lot of other things not concernig with virus as permission management, privacy settings and possibility to find your device in the case you’ll loose it.

      • juan

        This is wrong.
        Just by connecting to the Internet in a public place you can be hacked. Or using free apps too.

        • Dario · 753 a.C. .

          yah, you can be hacked.. but AVP don’t do nothing to avoid that!!

          • juan

            Some do, by controlling network ports, suspicious applications, phishing, and so on.

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    Lookout Security (4.5 rated) is free, and provides anti-virus, scans apps (pre installation and routine), anti-theft/loss. I have it installed on all of my devices, and it has worked flawlessly for years.

  • Albin

    A new user with a cheap, weak GB pay/go phone, I’ve been interested in this topic, more for data on the phone and SD than the phone itself. After poking around this eve, I’ve decided BitDefender is the least demanding / most effective. Supplemented with Android Lost app for phone recovery the phone is reasonably covered with tiny resource requirements and no cost.

    My only concern so far is that Android Lost might be disabled if the current Gmail account is changed by some moron who wants to steal a $50 phone. I’m not sure if other “phone finder” apps have this problem. I’ve looked at AppLock and similar, but they don’t seem to add much to my polka dot lock screen that any finder or thief would have to get past. Any advice about that would be welcome.

  • Alexis Gacia

    Check the link below. Its one of the best Antivirus with security features like theft lock, lost cp, malware detection, etc… and the best thing is FREE

    http://www.androiddrawer.com/12848/download-lookout-security-antivirus-8-24-app-apk/

  • Stan Parker

    nonono, armor for android (oct 6th 2013 7:02am P.S.T. Charges You .99 cents per day (OMFH!!!) and couples that with some other monthly cost, so You need to keep notes and update this revie HELLLLLO! Think we want old outdated web? No way FYI get with it Make it so #1 . .. …( o )… .. .

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  • BB BB

    What about Lookout? Samsung is going to be including it with all of their future phones very soon giving us another reason to root and remove the bloat. Anyway I still think that AV on Android is entirely useless. Just be careful what you install and review the permissions. Don’t root if you don’t have to and don’t grant root to everything that asks for it. You should also disable root for ADB so a savvy thief can’t easily hack your phone. These AV apps are glorified progress bars and just add lag to your system. They also want to sync your data to their own cloud which is not cool considering my contacts, photos etc are already backed up through Google. Sure the Anti-Theft features are good if you don’t use Android Device Manager, but unless you want to pay to feel more secure I won’t be loading any of these apps. In fact I scanned a friend’s phone which had a bad apk that was popping up messages. The scanner didn’t even find it let alone block the advertising.

    What I want for my rooted phone and Custom Rom is real security so if I lose my phone someone can’t steal my ROM image backups or clone my entire phone. CyanogenMod 10.1 is offering SMS encryption between Cyanogen peers. Other than encrypting my entire phone (another performance hit) are there any other ideas out there?

    • needa

      cm is using text secure. easily available on the play store. its not between cyanogen peers only. its anyone using text secure.

  • B4Real

    I’m new to smartphones so to the benefit of those that are likewise or that may have questions regarding AV on android I offer this link I found while researching the issue. It tackles questions like is the play store malware free, what is the main threat to android phones, and pros and cons of security apps.

    http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/do-you-need-antivirus-on-android/

  • dd

    And what do you recommend for a Tesco Hudl? Anyone?

  • http://www.hseved.blogspot.com/ Devesh Prabhu

    Why was Avira missed out in this review? Isn’t it worth it or there are issues that are pertinent to the software…

  • Dario · 753 a.C. .

    i have got never a virus on android. if you install only secure apks and if you don’t give root access to any type of app i think you don’t need an antivirus.

    • Abril Luna

      Whats “root/rooting” when Compared to PCs?

      • Dario · 753 a.C. .

        sorry i’m not sure i’ve understood the question

        • Abril Luna

          Yah you got it

          • Dario · 753 a.C. .

            ok i’ll try to make it easy. if you use linux you maybe already know what root is.
            anyway root is a part of system you cannot wrote because you can damage the firmware. just think about dialer, modem, gps config, boot image. if you wrongly cancel a part of that you can damage your firmware and a part of that will not work.
            so producers don’t allow you to wrote that part of system. but if you get root access in your phone you can have access to that part of firmware and modify that. so there are some apps that requiers access root because they have to access that part of firmware for different reasons.

            in you pc, especially in windows, you can think about the different type of users. there are normal users, and administrator. in fact when you use a normal user you can’t do something and you have to enter with the administrator user.

            in linux pc for example, when you install a programm it is installed in root part, so you have to log in as root user (administraator) and you can’t install anything with normal user.

            but in PCs you already has root acces, you only have to log in as administrator, in phone it is blocked by producers in order you can’t damage the system. so in phone you are like the normal user, and you have not possibilty to be the administrator user if you don’t unlock root access with some zips

            so we were talking about virus. it’s really improtant that if you got root access on android, you don’t give root access permission to all the apps you install. because when you give them root access they can compromise your system. that’s why i said that if you don’t install cracked app and you don’t give root access to all your apps you really don’t need to have an AVP.

            hope you’ll got that, because i’m not english and it was not easy to explain that in a language that is not mine :)

            if you’ve other quetions or doubts, i’m here :)

          • Abril Luna

            Nationality? Thanks anyway got it

          • Dario · 753 a.C. .

            Italian, i’m from Rome. glad you got it

  • Jayfeather787

    Never use any of these. Most free antivirus apps are viruses anyways.

    • Dario · 753 a.C. .

      right

    • Kara

      I spoke to T-Mobile tech support re: wifi calls. While on the phone a pop up said my memory was low but it isnt. Tech guy said I could have a virus. I said that I have Lookout. Tech guy said Lookout could be the problem. Um. What? I’m NOT savy re: these things so, what do I know? Now, I’m just wondering if I should reset my device to factory default & exclude the Lookout install or what…?

      I got a Galaxy Note 3 early last month and had to return it twice. So, this is my 3rd device. Any suggestions?

      • Jayfeather787

        Antivirus programs are also memory hog. Just yesterday, my relative was fixing a computer for someone who had Norton. The computer had a 235 GB hard drive, and Norton created a 166 GB backup! WTF?! That means that everything else on the hard drive only took up 69 GB, and the backup took more than all the other files and the OS on the hard drive. I reccomend downloading a file manager, and clearing out your internal storage, and then do a factory reset to get rid of the antivurs program alltogether. They are tricky to get rid of. You should find a folder called Lookout or something, and delete it.

      • cruiser

        I have a galaxy note 2, I don’t know how many apps you put on that thing but I don’t think spyware is going to make a pop up like that,and after dealing with Time Warner techs I don’t know how many times let me tell you the guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about! He actually tried to tell me that the speed test app didn’t workand it’s impossible for their lines to get congested no matter how many people are on it LOL SHOOT ME NOW

  • Thiago

    Is the ESET interface the ugliest ever?

  • Thiago

    Joseph, what about McAfee Mobile Security? On Monday it was announced on the CES by Intel this is going to be free this year. Definitely should be on list. Cheers.

    • JosephHindy

      I can’t add an app on this list that isn’t available yet ;) when it gets released I can add it but this is all stuff that you can get right now.

  • Albin

    I’m using BitDefender because it’s so light it has a negligible performance impact with a good reputation. It does appear these services are unnecessary for the time being, but it’s cheap insurance. Don’t know why the writer says it only system scans, in fact it scans every app install and update and briefly shows a flag that the app is clean.

    • JosephHindy

      I could’ve used better verbiage but I did essentially say that. “It scans and then goes away” lol which is pretty much what you said just in more detailed words.

  • devoncatt

    Rather than popularity perhaps which ones find the latest viruses and kill them? Or are most effective ?

  • Bill

    How do you rate Kaspersky?

    • Abril Luna

      Yah i wanna know that

  • David Mueller

    Avira, AVG and McAfee are missing… (AVG and Avira are for free)

    • David Mueller

      Ooops – they weren’t in some last reviews so I wrote them here…

  • Angelica Thamson

    You Can Download Paid android app for free

    http://android2cloud.in/

    • Abril Luna

      A joke?

    • sibu

      If you download apps from those kind of websites, you do need an Antivirus. If you just install apps from Play Store, you don’t necessarily need one, but check the permissions (especially SMS, contacts and location access).

  • Armand

    You forgot one of the most respected names in the business – Kaspersky.

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  • Ann

    Malwarebytes should be included!

    • jeff

      To me its the best. No problems and like some others it offers other goodies too.

  • Yosimite Sam

    Companies can’t give away their product for free and remain in business. Period. They are making a profit how? Perhaps tracking you and selling your data. Wake up mindless Droids, pull your head out and look around. I also noticed a lack of any testing whatsoever. Reviews based on the amount of downloads. Really!

  • http://www.androidapplicationworld.com/ Sara Stanford

    NQ Mobile Security and Antivirus is very secure and protective. Secures the web as well as phone and its applications. Awesome update!! Great interface! Wish they introduce option of daily scanning. Wow! extra complete mobile security app ever, in a very friendly and affordable price! I love this app! Excellence job…keep it up buddy!

  • Marie Wallace Abarzua

    I use lookout security & antivirus. I like it, it’s always done its job. Just my opinion… thanks for this site very useful

  • lisa

    Can you clarify whether you are ranking the apps from lowest to highest, from highest to lowest, or presenting us with a list of 10 good apps. thank you.

  • http://czasnaplanszowki.blogspot.com/ Bri Hecato

    What’s about Kaspersky?

  • cruiser

    I like my lookout app, I pay all my bills by encrypted phone call and only my credit card number may be in devices but it is a protected credit card so I wouldn’t be held accountable and there’s no banking account information or anything embarrassing in my devices. By the way, I think anyone convicted of identity theft should serve a minimum of 25 years in jail(if you’re an illegal alien and commit that crime serve it in the jail of your country)!

  • Maid agencies in Singapore

    I guess I’ll go for the bitdefender, sounds more legit.
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  • david

    Hi joe,
    What about comodo? thnk they stand a chance in this particular niche?

  • Adith

    nice superb

  • David Martin

    It is the second article (first is http://www.softwaregold.net/softreview/2013/05/top-antivirus-applications-for-android/) that given me an insight to learn which is the best free antivirus software. however, I wanna know which is the best – a free version or paid?

  • parheez

    Has anyone tried CM Security… Its free an its fantastic…

  • garan shiv durai

    Dr.web is best at playstore acc to reviews and rating and customer service.

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    I’ll always go for e Set antivirus. Probably the best around yet efficient for the usage that it uses. No lag/slow caused by antivirus e.g. McAfee.

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  • NPablo

    how about Kaspersky Mobile Security?

  • korlum chukhu

    Where is cm security in this list … it is the best free antivirus until now ..

  • ugzz

    i got a port sniffing malware on my phone, my university shut me down real quick. so yes, there is such thing as being infected apparently..

  • lextar

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  • oldcampos

    Odd in the video for 360 Security, it claims to offer anti-theft?

    • JosephHindy

      Paid only.

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  • Will S.

    Meh, I completely forgot I had a few anti-virus apps on my phone until I read this article…

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      You have it because you need it :D

      • Will S.

        Better safe than sorry!

  • John Grabb

    And BOY does Google/Android NEED these apps AND more! LOL

  • Blowntoaster

    a word of warning on Lookout. it’s a good app and served me well since my first android device, but…had a major issue with it recently after purchasing a Gear 2 Neo device.
    Lookout would freak out and would start running my Note 3’s CPU at 100% until the phone’s battery died or the phone was restarted. you could not stop it no matter what you did. Uninstalled and haven’t had issues since. seems others had similar issues with Lookout.

    question is, does the Lookout app go apesh*t when other wearables are connected as well like the G Watch or Gear Live?
    anyone had similar issues?

    • JosephHindy

      Good to know. I haven’t had the chance to try any of these out with a smartwatch yet. Now I will!

  • Tomáš Petrík

    ESET employee speaking here, let me correct one small fact – virus definition updates are available for everybody – the difference is that in premium version they are downloaded automatically, while with a free version you need to tap a button to download the newest updates.

    • Almir

      ESET is best for me…and it does not use much resources :)

  • Bill Gates

    Iv personally tried every single one of these apps on different android htc mid range devices and only eset was the best one for theft recovery, use of anti virus that dont make the handset crash or start laaging on the installed apps

  • Kamen Minkov

    Seriously, antivirus on your phone… The silly thing is that people fall for that.

  • Tineshaa

    Which one is the best of the best I don’t wanna crappy anti virus

    • JosephHindy

      These are the best. None of these are “crappy”

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  • itzvarma

    I got Cerberus for AntiTheft, it works perfectly fine. lookout came installed never used it.
    Avast works really well too. interested in trying CM Security as it was mentioned to be lighter on resources!

  • manonyme

    Thankx for the article-tons of choice which is wht I love. Round this time last year, discovered I had a Heuristics Shuriken. That’s is why I will never go near anything that is remotely close to McAfee!

  • Te Port

    Really nice review. But not very clear what premium advantage have vs free version. Looking here, both are free to download:

    http://myfreedownload.com/software/avast-free-antivirus